Facebook Murder Suspect Has 'Shot And Killed Himself,' Police Say

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, left, said Steve Stephens, who randomly killed a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook, shot himself to death in his auto Tuesday, April 18, 2017, during a police chase in Pennsylvania.

Shortly after 11 a.m. today, Pennsylvania State Police received a tip that the vehicle police were looking for in connection to Stephens was in a McDonald's parking lot near Erie, Pennsylvania, about 100 miles northeast of Cleveland, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference this morning.

Steve Stephens was accused of shooting Robert Godwin snr, 74, on a Cleveland sidewalk on Sunday before fleeing in a auto and uploading a video of the murder to Facebook, becoming the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

He killed 74-year-old grandfather Robert Godwin Jr and posted footage of the killing of Facebook. A few minutes after that, he went live and confessed, the company said. From the beginning, when Stephens recorded the shooting of Robert Godwin Sr. on Facebook, it spread like wildfire on social networks.

Stephens posted a video of himself killing Godwin, a former foundry worker and a father of 10. Stephens' cellphone had been tracked Sunday afternoon near Erie, officials said on Monday.

Mark Zuckerberg used his biggest press event of the year to briefly address an uproar over a murder video posted to Facebook.

Police believe Stephens might have left the state of Ohio. Stephens fled when officers arrived and gave chase. Other law enforcement officers were also riding with Cleveland officers, the police said. Godwin did not seem to recognize the woman's name.

"He is considered armed and unsafe, so we want people to be careful out there", Williams said.

Godwin's daughter, Malisa Godwin, said: "It feels like my heart is going to stop".

Stephens also claimed publicly to have committed multiple homicides, according to police. "I am sorry that all of this has happened".

Police in Erie, Pennsylvania, are reporting a development in the manhunt for Steve Stephens.

Stephens is employed at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency in northeast OH that serves children, teenagers and families, according to a spokeswoman for the facility. Since then, he led authorities on a nationwide search that ended when he shot himself dead.

  • Arturo Norris